Chimera | Finch Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Finch Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RichD on 09-29-2015

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by JWU:
Photo of JWU
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can, some poured into a tumbler glass for review of the appearance, but mostly drank it out of the can.

A- A hazy goldenrod/orange, with ok lacing.

S- light aroma, but what's there is interesting. Orange rind, hint of grapefruit, mint, pine, and dank garlic/onion is there as well.

T- flash of biscuity/crackery malt, but the hops kick in, but not in an overbearing way. Orange rind, grapefruit, light pint, and a hint of mint. Bitterness hits pretty hard on the back end.

M- Ample carbonation, you can really feel this one dance on the tongue. Lighter side of medium bodied.

O- An interesting brew. Doesn't knock your socks off, but isn't your typical run of the mill IPA.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy orange color with a good-sized white head. There was a good amount of sticky lace.
Mostly malt in the aroma. A tiny bit of floral hops.
The taste improved on the aroma slightly. More hops apparent, earthy and citrusy.
Medium-bodied, malt-forward.

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Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can....with "shotgun by" dating (love it) 2/09/16 btw

The pour - typical almond amber,hazed, fluffy lite khaki cap, stays a whil, leaves a quality looking film, collar and respectable sheets of fine lacing.

The sniff - I get some muted grapefruit, assorted citrus

On the palate - tasty IPA, more grapefruit, and some bold but not biting lime qualities, biscuity malts. Nicely done

Feel - smooth and soft with carbonation seemingly on point

Overall - quality and highly enjoyable IPA in a can...Another worthy brew frm Finch's

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Photo of butters_mcgee
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DLanz
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tappangordo
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopglow
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finch's Beer Co. "CHIMERA"
16 oz. can, "SHOTGUN BY 02/08/16"
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

I'll admit, the interesting can design with the Iron Maiden font caught my eye, and since it was from Finch I figured it'd be good. I thought the head retention and lacing could have been better; but I didn't mind a little haziness in its deep golden body as that probably came from dry hopping. The aroma was good, blending pine, citrus (grapefruit, tangerine), and floral components together. I initially thought it could have been a little brighter but when I got to the flavor I realized this is a touch lighter and more drinkable than many IPAs, and it should be at just 6% ABV! A biscuity and gently caramelish malt was well represented but not full, and the hops came on strong but not overwhelming, adding a bit of pineapple, mint, herbs, pepper, and lemon zest to the already present mix found in the nose. It's solidly bitter, but I'm not sure it even hits 50 IBUs... it seems more like 40. A dry finish is not to be missed, however, as the malt isn't really that full either; and it's enhanced by a dusting of white pepper and dull herbs. Overall it's a really drinkable American IPA that falls towards the lower side of the style guidelines.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of the Chimera off the Binnys single shelf. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of bitterness and leaned a bit floral. The taste is also leans bitter and I'm tasting clove and hint of banana....almost like a Belgian white ipa. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a bronzed golden to yellow color with a steady finger's worth of white foamy head that dissipated mildly. Sliding messy lace.
The aroma had some floral to light citrusy hops playing with a steady sweet biscuit malt bill.
The flavor was moderately sweet pulling in a grabbing bitterness really starting to come forth more as it warmed. Light aftertaste of the citrusy/floral hops playing with the malt bill.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation actually seemed a bit off, slightly under but didn't leave any cloying effects. ABV felt appropriate. Mild hop bitter harshness.
Overall, for an AIPA, it works, I could come back to this if offered.

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Photo of GmAn613
2.67/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours heavy with an abundant 2-4 inch head, that's creamy and retains throughout the beer. Heavy lacing. Color is a dark amber. S: Notes of caramel, slight bitterness of pine and spicy grapefruit. T: A wave of piney grapefruit and hint of orange comes in first followed by caramel which fades as a blast of bitterness comes in and resinates on the palate. M: Crisp but too frothy, similar to that of a hefe. Not particularly a pleasant mouthfeel for the style of an IPA. O: A decent beer, but the first canned release is not worth mentioning. Not impressed after having very good releases of Hardcore Chimera on tap. Chimera IPA is somewhat lacking, quite a bit, what Hardcore has. Hope to see this on tap to get hopefully a better taste.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice one, a lighter version of Hardcore Chimera if you like (and not vice versa).
Quite pleasing to drink this Chicago (East Coast style) IPA, that gives you a rather crisp, somewhat carbonated but altogether very enjoyable beer. Goes very well with early summer afternoons and evenings when you are ready for more and willing to spend the night out in the open.
In a way it is also valid for this IPA, although it is a proper one on its own. Still, it gives you enough boost and the need for perhaps the Hardcore Chimera if you're looking for more. With its zesty and rather piney flavors it hits you right and the body has just enough malt to keep it from being too dry, somewhere on the borderline. Being only 6% in ABV though, it feels as if it was greater.
All in all, an instant classic. As amazing as its big brother was. Recommended for everyone who is looking for a great time with a beer.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of garyloveman
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mickyge
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice creamy head tasted slightly bitter but really had a thin finish. A little lacking on the taste

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Photo of Robtobfest
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow. Huge head. Great retention and lacing. Nose is a light blend of lemon and citrus zest and bready malt. Taste follows, lemon zest, and a ton of floral, grassiness. Clean, crisp body. Dry finish.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from draft at Emil's on February 15, 2016.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edouble0015
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one CANfounds me. I was returning from a weekend watching AHL hockey in Bridgeport, CT & my travels included a layover in NY Penn Station, where I found this while scouring coolers & the like of purveyors within said facility. I have reviewed CANned Hardcore Chimera in the past, leading me to wonder if they went back and began CANning this one, or did I just miss out on it in the past? I see that the aforementioned review was CANducted on 27 June 2015, meaning that it may have come home with me from my most recent visit to Chicago. Curiouser & curiouser.

I am curious to taste this, but I CAnnot do so until I (at least) Crack! it open. Surprise! It was another brimful craft CAN, meaning that when coupled with a 16-fl. oz. CAN, a gentle Glug was in order. This brought forth a finger of fizzy, foamy, French Vanilla-colored head with surprisingly good retention, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a beautiful Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity & the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus stopped in to partake of some on this cold, grey day in CANuary 2016. The nose held very fruity notes, like peach, mango, tangerine and papaya! Mmmm. Perhaps these were the CANponents of this monster. I looked it up and the Chimera is a lion with a ram's head growing out of its back and a tail CANsisting of a snake. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as ferocious as the nose, but it still had all of the fruitiness that I mentioned, along with a crackery/biscuity maltiness. The finish was semi-dry and a nice change of pace for an AIPA in that did not see fit to beat my palate into submission. It was pleasant & easy to drink, but I felt somehow unfulfilled. I think that Hardcore Chimera, its big brother, may have ruined me!

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Chimera from Finch Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 71 ratings